Sunday, 2 February 2014

Proudly Independent or Better Together?

Now it may just have escaped the attention of some of my far flung readers that there is a going to be a referendum in Scotland later this year. On the 18th of September, to be precise. The question is:

"Should Scotland be an independent country?"

Well I'm sure you are longing to hear my thoughts.


Gail is warning me not to put my paw in it here.  Some neighbours who were previously good friends with each other have already fallen out over this contentious and emotive issue.

Of course, being a terrier, I am by nature attracted to the notion of independence. But then I am remembering Human Granny and Grandad down in England and I don't at all like to think they could become foreigners. And, you know what, we already have different laws about dogs in Scotland anyway (absolutely no tail docking, even of working dogs, for example).

Oh it is all very difficult.

I wonder which bandana suits me best?

And now Gail is saying it's all irrelevant 'cos dogs don't get to decide. Surely that can't be right? I mean I know for a fact that human sixteen year olds will be eligible to vote in the referendum, and I am most definitely more sensible and have better judgement than the average bipedal teenager…

I may return to this important topic in due course …


  1. Hari OM
    As I have just watched the 6 nations rugby before reading your post, it has to be said that National Identity is rampant in the 'unified' kingdom anyhow... 's all am saying for now. You look good in blue though... Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  2. Bertie, we've been wondering about this independence vote. We didn't realize it was September 18. Jakey left us on September 18, so that day will always have a special aura around it. We'd love to know what Gail thinks.( if she is so inclined!)

  3. Bertie hello my handsome WHFT buddy. My Mom is 1/4 Scot, 1/4/ Irish 1/4 English and 1/4 Southern American no wonder she has a funny accent!! MOL She says I'm a Heinz 57 Feline...too me fractions in me to count. Lots of hugs to you and Gail
    Madi and Mom all mixed up

  4. This will be MOST interesting. We think you should just say you live in Blogville and that covers Everythingy and EveryBUDDY.

  5. I guess it depends on what Scotland will gain and how much is going to cost to undertake such an endeavor. But if you could be King of Scotland - there may be some advantages :)

  6. We agree with Frankie. Pity the world is not like Blogville. We could learn a thing to two. Have a serene Sunday and enjoy some big easy today.
    Best wishes Molly

  7. Dogs aren't allowed to have their tails docked here either. Now, will Gail be a foreigner? Does she even get a vote or is it just Scots? AND Bertie, you are much more intelligent than a 16-year old.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    Referendums in Oz are usually a No it depends on how it is written.

    1. Gail is registered to vote in Scotland so will get her say in the matter, along with the sixteen year olds.

  8. will be standing by for further information and your thoughts on this issue!

    The Mad Scots

  9. Bertie,
    Well, I certainly agree that dogs should be allowed to vote alongside Gail and the youngsters (who will most probably be acting upon their parents opinions). I say keep both the bandanas, because hopefully we won't become independent, although the yellow one is definitely a winner for me!
    Pippa :)

  10. When we were in Edinburgh this summer there was much talk about this topic, pawticularly in the pubs, according to the Dad. As a Romantic, the muzzer feels called to Independence for Scotland (the Brave) but cautions that we should all remember the last time you guys got this bee in your darling bonnets.

    Oh, and then there is the war of Northern Agression over here when folks were feeling a bit fiesty.

    Historically, this seems questionable.


  11. Dogs should definitely be able to vote. Over here in Texas, some of us still thinks it should be its own country, but it are not gonna happen anytime soon (although I would make a good Queen of Texas - BOL!)

  12. I'm trying to think of a comment that goes something like "Don't trade the trouble you know for trouble you don't know." Might that be fitting?

  13. It's s very tough decision I agree completely that u should be able to vote
    Retro rover

  14. I wouldn't get involved Bertie, trouble will be brewing

  15. Bertie - you're quite right. If 16 year olds can vote in the referendum then so should you.

  16. No tail docking EVER? Ow. I got my tail docked because I was beating it bloody against my crate. We call it "happy tail," but it didn't make me very happy!! Boxers get it a lot, which is why we're pretty much always docked here in the US.

  17. Given that you already have different doggy laws in Scotland, I think you might as well stick together.

    It's a travesty that dogs aren't allowed to vote while young adults are. Here in Switzerland, I don't get to vote even though I pay a yearly doggy tax... a clear example of taxation without representation that reminds me of the District of Columbia license plate.

  18. Of course you will look dashing in both bandanas. I wonder if i will need a pet passport to visit Scotland soon? i await your further musings with anticipation!

  19. Just align yourself with the best beer and sausages...a dog has to eat!


  20. Well, Bertie, it is hard to know which side to be on in things of such import. And while you might not get a vote, I'm sure Gail will do whatever you tell her.


  21. Gee. I don't know but my handsome Bertie should be able to vote

  22. What a conundrum! I couldn't imagine having to vote on such an important issue, Bertie. Too bad dogs don't vote because we think they'd solve it much better than humans :-)